Thrill seekers expect the best water slides to be bigger, taller, faster, and longer, just like the world’s best rollercoasters. The world’s tallest water slides have become instant attractions and enormous money makers for theme parks. Since the mid 1980’s; theme parks around the world have battled to increase attendance and gain wider notoriety for having the title of “World’s Tallest Water Slide”.
These massive water slides, attract millions of visitors each year. However, not all rides are ideally suited for every park visitor due to height and weight restrictions. Some rides demand that park goers have the capability to climb staircases as high as 17 stories up. This doesn’t stop park goers. For them, the thrill of enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime ride is the ultimate payoff. It’s why park goers continue to throng to waterparks each summer. Today in Pool Magazine, we’ll be highlighting top five tallest water slides in the world. Let’s take a trip around the world and look at the tallest slides around.
Top 5 Tallest Water Slides in the World
#5 – Insano
It appears that whether Insano is the world’s fifth tallest water slide is up for controversy. Whatever the case may be, this former world’s highest water slide obviously lives up to the Spanish word meaning insanity, and riders can expect a truly thrilling ride. Insano rises just over 134 feet tall in Latin America’s largest water park, and riders slide on their backs down a stunning 14-story drop while reaching speeds of up to 65 mph without the aid of a float or other device. The Guinness Book of Records once labeled Insano the world’s tallest water slide, and it held the title for more than ten years until Kilimanjaro overtook it. Beach Park is located 10 miles south of Fortaleza in northeastern Brazil, on the beach of Porto das Dunas.
Rua Porto das Dunas, 2734 Porto das Dunas
Aquiraz, Brazil 61700-000
#4 – Daredevil’s Peak
The slide is a large spiral that wraps around the tower structure, featuring numerous colorful rings along the way. The water park is only accessible on a Royal Caribbean cruise as a destination port. Experience what it’s like to plummet 135 spiraling, shrieking feet down the tallest waterslide in North America with this interactive experience
Royal Caribbean Cruise Destination
#3 – Captain Spacemaker
The lovely city of Venice suffers a phenomena known locally as alta aqua, or high water, at certain periods of the year. Its most popular family-friendly attraction, however, includes a water slide that can be described in a similar manner. Captain Spacemaker is by far the tallest water slide in Europe and the signature ride of the award-winning Aqualandia water park, despite its height of more than 137 feet. This mega-water slide, also known as Spacemaker, takes three or four riders on rafts down a 60-degree incline at a top speed of 62 mph before reaching its splashy and crowd-pleasing climax. Aqualandia, which is located about 30 miles northwest of Venice, has been crowned Italy’s greatest water park nine times and was recently named Europe’s top water park. Shark Bay, the world’s first themed wave pool with actual Caribbean sand both on and off the water, is one of the 26 water attractions spread throughout eight themed sections.
Via Michaelangelo Buonarroti
15-30016 Lido di Jesolo Venice, Italy
+39 0421 371648
#2 – Thrillagascar & Jungle Jammer
American Dream is a retail mall in New Jersey (just outside of New York City) that features an indoor amusement park and ski slope. It will be North America’s largest indoor water park, according to the company. The water park was originally scheduled to open on November 27, 2019, and then on March 19, 2020, but was then delayed until October 1, 2020 owing to the pandemic.
Thrillagascar & Jungle Jammer
DreamWorks Water Park
1 American Dream Way
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
#1 – Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro was the world’s tallest water slide for more than 12 years after it was debuted in 2002. Kilimanjaro, located in Aldeia das Aguas Park Resort about 85 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro, boasts a jaw-dropping 164-foot plunge and holds the world record for the highest drop on a body slide. The thrill ride named after Africa’s tallest mountain achieves an estimated speed of 62 mph off a steep 60-degree inclination and is easily the most conspicuous structure in the renowned water park. The massive resort and water park also has a 160-room hotel, a convention center, restaurants, and 17 pools, a wave pool, and a model car track, among other things.
Aldeia das Aguas Park Resort
Rodvia BR 393, KM 270
Barra do Pirai, Brazil 27160-000
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No water slide list would be complete without mentioning these massive water slides.
Ko’okiri Body Plunge at Volcano Bay in Universal Studios
The Ko’okiri Body Plunge in Orlando, FL is the country’s tallest water slide, standing at 125 feet. This terrifying trap door drop slide, located at Universal’s Volcano Bay, has you free falling for what seems like an eternity. Did we also mention that the decrease is a whopping 70 degrees? If you’re daring enough to be launched into the seas below in the first place, you’ll achieve dizzying speeds. With this attraction, Universal challenges you to “Brave the Volcano.” Give it a shot; it’s the ultimate challenge for water slide fans.
Universal Studios Volcano Bay
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
Summit Plummet at Disney World’s Blizzard Beach
Finally let’s take a trip to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park in Orlando, FL, now. Most people believe that Disney parks are only for small children, but this insane water slide proves them wrong. Summit Plummet, at 120 feet tall, can be visible from all throughout the Walt Disney World resort. This slide, which is modeled after a ski slope, has such a steep drop that you can’t see where you’re going until you’re halfway there! This water slide is one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-fall body slides, and it’s open to the elements so you can enjoy the Florida sunshine.
1534 Blizzard Beach Drive
Orlando, FL 32836
Would you ride any of these?
Are water slides your thing? Are you tempted to get on one of these death defying rides? Sound off in the comments and let us know if you would ever visit one of these attractions.
Cantilevered Pool an Alpine Dream – Hotel Hubertus Pool
Hotel Hubertus -massive cantilevered Sky Pool is a jewel of the Alps
Today we’re looking at the incredible cantilevered pool located at the Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – a magnificent resort nestled in the Puster valley in the Alps. The picturesque locale is known as a world destination for hiking, skiing, biking and mountain climbing. Located in Valdaora, at the base of the Kronplatz at an altitude of about 4,400 feet, the hotel offers sweeping views of the Dolomites and the Vedrette di Ries Mountains.
At Pool Magazine we look to highlight inspiring projects that are pushing the boundaries of design and engineering. The cantilevered infinity pool at the Hotel Hubertus is one shining example that has been captivating the imagination of people around the globe.
The designers behind this breathtaking luxury pool design is none other than noa* network of architecture. The award-winning firm with offices in Germany and Italy has been drawing mass attention with its glass-bottom floating pool design.
Approximately 82 feet long and 16 feet wide, the pool was designed to look like a floating rock coming to rest and was built from anthracite-colored stone. Its cleverly concealed edges create the visual impression the pool is floating in space.
The architects took on the challenge of designing the pool as part of an overall renovation project. The pool connects the hotel’s new and existing areas, which include 16 enlarged new suites, a new kitchen and restaurant, an alternative entrance lobby, a wine cellar, and a brand new fitness and leisure room with panoramic terraces.
From inside the hotel looking out at the pool area, the water appears to float into space. With a glazed window on the bottom of the pool, swimmers can This sophisticated effect gives one the impression they are floating in an alpine lake suspended somewhere between Heaven and Earth.
The key challenge in the project was to create a link between the existing building and the new design, in order to keep a uniformal and consistent appearance.ANDREAS PROFANTER – *noa – network of architecture
Rising 40 feet from the ground sits the jewel in the crown of the Hubertus, the massive cantilevered pool. Supported by massive native larch tree trunk facades, the aesthetics create a homogeneous appearance following the natural topography of the area.
Suspended pools such as the Hubertus Pools have been capturing the public’s imagination as of late. Photos of this incredible cantilevered pool structure began circulating on social media as far back as 2017. Over five years later, the interest in this uniquely engineered pool still has builders talking.
Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus
Address: Via Furcia, 5, 39030 Sorafurcia BZ, Italy
Phone: +39 0474 592104
The Swimming Pool From It’s a Wonderful Life
Recently while watching It’s a Wonderful Life, I noticed the swimming pool scene where George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) and Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) are at the school dance. It’s a defining scene where a retractable basketball court opens up to reveal a hidden swimming pool beneath it. As George & Mary are dancing they don’t notice the floor begin to open. The cheering crowds spur them on even further, as they think everyone is cheering their dancing they fail to see they are dancing right over the edge and plunge into the pool.
The Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life
Many of the other people at the dance dive right on in and an impromptu pool party ensues. It’s a touching scene in a must see movie that should be at the top of everyones holiday movie list. Many people believe that the swimming pool wasn’t real. Frank Capra the director of the film had the entire set of the town of Bedford Falls created on an 89 acre back lot at RKO Pictures in Culver City.
The set was actually inspired from the real life town of Seneca Falls in New York. Film buffs suggested that the pool itself was also a prop. As it turns out, according to Snopes.com who did the fact checking for us, the pool has been identified and is real. It’s known as the Swim Gym and is a Beverly Hills landmark. The pool was built by the WPA historical pool contractors in their own right, and designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1939.
Historical Land Mark Swimming Pool Has Been in Many Movies
The retractable pool belongs to Beverly Hills High School and was actually used in the filming of the movie. What’s even more interesting is that the pool is still around today! The pool itself is 25 yards long and is still used in swimming competitions. With the turn of a key the inground swimming pool the retractable pool cover converts back to a basketball court / dance floor.
It’s a wonderful life (east coast feed) about to show the pool under the basketball court that still is there at my high school. #Beverly— Adam Wohl (@adamwohl) December 25, 2012
In Dallas For The PSP Deck Expo? Visit Thanks-Giving Square
We’re in Dallas for the 2021 International Pool Spa Patio Expo. It’s still a few days until the show actually starts, but there is so much to do in the city that you might just want to come a day or two early so that you can get the full experience. A stroll through the downtown area is a must if you’ll be in town for the Expo this week. After all, this is a city steeped in rich architecture. As frequent visitors, it would be remiss of us to visit without highlighting one of the best water features in the city – Thanks-giving Square.
In Town for the PSP Deck Expo? Visit The Incredible Water Feature at Thanks-Giving Square
The scenic and soothing water features are the centerpiece of the park and are definitely one of those iconic tourist attractions you really need to see for yourself. Located less than a mile from the actual Convention Center at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, it’s a definite must-see for anyone visiting the city. A serene and tranquil oasis in the center of the hustle and bustle of the Dallas downtown area, Thanks-giving Square is a place for meditation and reflection.
The soothing sounds of moving water permeate the square, drowning out the noise of daily life in the 9th largest city in the United States. First planned in 1964 after the Kennedy assassination and completed in 1976, this beautiful spiritual center has brought together people of different faiths, cultures, and traditions for over 45 years.
The Great Fountain’s flowing waters provide a tranquil ambiance ideal for reflection and contemplation. Visitors from all over the world, remark on the exceptionally planned public space.
The bell tower, which is supplemented by a nearby mosaic of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Golden Rule” picture, punctuates the space to the west.
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the park is the chapel which features a curving white edifice symbolizing the spiral of life and the human spirit. Visitors remark at the exceptional beauty of The “Glory Window,” a beautiful stained glass masterwork, located on the upper level.
Garden: Open every day 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Chapel of Thanks-Giving: Open every day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hall of Thanks-Giving: Open for special events or by appointment only
Address: 1627 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
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